Bengt Herweg

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Marked first-degree AV block (PR> or =0.30 s) can produce a clinical condition similar to that of the pacemaker syndrome. Clinical evaluation often requires a treadmill stress test because patients are more likely to become symptomatic with mild or moderate exercise when the PR interval cannot adapt appropriately. Uncontrolled studies have shown that many(More)
Multisite pacing for the treatment of heart failure has added a new dimension to the electrocardiographic evaluation of device function. During left ventricular (LV) pacing from the appropriate site in the coronary venous system, a correctly positioned lead V1 registers a right bundle branch block pattern with few exceptions. During biventricular(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to evaluate whether the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) on September 11, 2001 (9/11), led to an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias among patients fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). BACKGROUND The WTC attack induced psychological distress. Because ICDs store all serious(More)
IMPORTANCE Left atrial fibrosis is prominent in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Extensive atrial tissue fibrosis identified by delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been associated with poor outcomes of AF catheter ablation. OBJECTIVE To characterize the feasibility of atrial tissue fibrosis estimation by delayed enhancement MRI(More)
Time domain analysis of heart period variability in patients without structural heart disease demonstrated increased parasympathetic modulation before paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) occurring predominantly at night. However, diurnal differences in autonomic activity preceding AF episodes in a diverse patient population have not been assessed.(More)
An optimized atrioventricular (AV) interval can maximize the benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). If programmed poorly, it may curtail beneficial effects of CRT. AV optimization will not convert non-responder to responder, but may convert under-responder to improved status. There are many echocardiographic techniques for AV optimization but(More)
BACKGROUND There are a variety of periprocedural anticoagulation strategies for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, including the use of dabigatran. It is unclear which strategy is superior. OBJECTIVE To compare the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation with uninterrupted warfarin, dabigatran, and warfarin with heparin bridging in patients undergoing(More)
This report summarizes the efficacy, safety, and feasibility of intracardiac ultrasound (ICUS) and local electrographic-guided pulmonary vein (PV)-left atrial disconnection, including the isolation of common PV trunks accomplished in 170 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). A left common PV was found in 43% of patients with AF. During a(More)